Bow Tie Pasta Recipes That Prove Farfalle Is The Best Noodle

Our best pasta dishes and salads with farfalle.

Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

Jennifer Davick

Not all pastas are created equal. We all have a favorite, even if they’re all similar ingredients folded into different shapes. However, when a recipe calls for pasta, hold your horses before substituting one pasta for another. The pasta shape requested is the best-suited shape for the dish. Farfalle, for example, is prime for both light and meatier sauces. We use mini farfalle in some of our recipes featuring finely chopped veggies.

No matter how old we get, a fun pasta shape will always make us excited to eat the meal. That’s part of what makes this one a winning noodle. Tuxedoed farfalle is even dressed to accept its ‘best pasta’ award. Formal bow tie-shaped pasta is also delicious as can be in hot, suppertime pastas, soups, and pasta salads. Serve up one of these recipes using playful and delectable farfalle for lunch, dinner, or your next gathering, and the whole family will agree that bow tie pasta is the best of the bunch.

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Pasta With Pancetta, Artichokes, And Roasted Red Peppers

Pasta with Pancetta, Artichokes, and Roasted Red Peppers
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

A five ingredient recipe is a dinnertime dream come true. After making your pasta, be sure to save some pasta water before straining. That starchy liquid gold will be used a couple steps down the line to make a delicious sauce.

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Shrimp And Peas With Farfalle

Shrimp and Peas with Farfalle
Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Sautéed shrimp and snappy peas accompany farfalle in this superstar supper recipe that's as bright as it is flavorful. Parsley and breadcrumbs flavored with lemon zest top the dish off with a zing.

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One-Pot Pasta Primavera With Bacon And Feta

One-Pot Pasta Primavera with Bacon and Feta
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch

This bow tie pasta recipe has it all: spring veggies, crumbly cheese, and it's made in just one pot. With the help of bacon drippings, sun-dried tomato-pesto sauce is sure to be a hit in your household. This is a spectacular supper that's just as easy to make as it is to devour.

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Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad

Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad
Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Melissa Gray

Summer calls for pasta salad, and we've answered. This recipe is just what you need to accompany your barbecue mains or star at the cookout. Serve this dish warm or at room temperature, and on the off chance that you have any leftovers, you're in luck. This pasta salad heats up well and is a treat the next day.

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Summer Pasta Salad With Lime Vinaigrette

Summer Pasta Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
Alison Miksch

Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store to save time and transform this tasty pasta salad into a hardy dinner. In just the time it takes to boil the pasta water, the rest of your sweet and savory dish will come together featuring fresh produce like zucchini, nectarines, and parsley with a lime vinaigrette.

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Field Pea And Pasta Salad

Roasted Asparagus and Baby Artichokes
Kelsey Hansen; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Julia Levy

Adorable mini bow ties are the noodles of choice for this adorable pasta salad paired with fresh veggies chopped small to match the fun-sized pasta and topped with a tangy dressing. Add rotisserie chicken to take this dish from a stunning side to a satisfying main course.

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Vegetable Soup With Basil Pesto

Vegetable Soup with Basil Pesto
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Comforting soup is given the royal treatment with a generous spoonful of basil pesto. The combination of veggie-filled soup and herbaceous sauce is a winning one, especially when served with lemon wedges.

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Broccoli, Grape, And Pasta Salad

Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

Jennifer Davick

Broccoli, Grape, And Pasta Salad isn't your average pasta salad. It's a fresh, colorful spin that's bursting with flavor and that your cookout crew will crave. Even though it's tasty enough to stand apart from the crowd, this recipe has all the best parts of a classic pasta salad: It's easy to transport, best served cold, and chock-full of mayo.

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